A man very much in top form on the match scene is Aintree’s Jeff Stirrat.
Taking the top honours only last week in the 80-plus peg memorial on the notorious Leigh Canal, this week saw Stirrat return home to his much-loved local canal on Merseyside, to compete in his dear friend’s annual memorial held on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.
Fred Moss, former chairman of the L&DAA, was a true stalwart of the association and as regulars, as close friends, they were never far apart, especially when the there was a competition going on even as far as to Ireland.
A popular figure right across the region, Mossy’s match once again saw anglers journeying from afar in celebration of his life and for this match, it saw the pegs used, starting at peg one on the Saracens Head pub at Halsall and coming back towards Liverpool.
It was without doubt going to be a difficult one given the high temperature at the weekend and as predicted with the high sun and very warm conditions the fishing, was for many, very challenging, especially given the number of bikes and day-trippers out – even more than testing for anglers.
Stirrat however rose to this one once again. With his wealth of experience and given a favourable area on the day with just a breath of a chance needed for any sort of prospect of a win, it was all a man very much in form needed and he did just that, taking the honours in this one in fine style.
Pegged on the ‘stick ups’ near the Ship Inn, Stirrat comprehensively put a lovely catch of bream skimmers and roach together for 17.17.12 to nail this prestigious trophy in a memorial that couldn’t have been more fitting.
Traveling up from the Midlands to also pay his respect and taking second place was Simon Nickless.
A top angler in his own right, Nickless is also no stranger to taking top honours in big matches, but in this one he was more than happy to take second place. Nickless next to Stirrat weighed in 9.9.0.
Just as fitting was Denis Peterson’s third place on the day. Another good friend who also travelled everywhere with Fred, Peterson – recognised everywhere as one of the best about – must have also been thrilled to get in the frame on this one.
Very consistent with his recent match successes, Peterson again targeted skimmers and roach to put up a creditable show for 8.13.0. Wigan rod Dave
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On the commercial scene over at Millhouse Fishery, another top field of rods visiting from all over the region thrashed it out on the inform Mistral Lake open.
Here, Paul Farquhar, another of Liverpool’s well known rods took the honours with a creditable 51.10.0 taking carp to 12lb from the margins using meat. Wirral’s Rob Leatherbarrow opted for a pellet approach and put 44lb on the scales for second place. Mescar’s Paul Fletcher took third place with a close 42.6.0 also on pellet.